INDIANAPOLIS — Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay have not been in touch since Irsay made harsh comments about Snyder at league meetings earlier this month, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday With.
It could make for an awkward visit if their teams play Indianapolis at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday. Snyder will attend the game and will be seated in the visitor’s box provided by Irsay.
“I only meet owners when it’s really coincidence,” Irsay told the Washington Post. “Most of us don’t see each other unless we happen to pass each other on the pitch or somewhere at the same time. It has nothing to do with Dan Snyder. If I played the Ravens I wouldn’t know if [owner] Steve Bisciotti wanted to go.”
A Commander spokesman, meanwhile, issued a brief statement addressing Irsay’s recent references to Snyder.
“It is unfortunate that Mr. Irsay continues to behave in a manner that clearly violates the NFL Constitution,” the spokesman said, apparently referring to Article IX of the NFL Constitution, which dictates that no club member be a member of another organization may publicly criticize or its administration. “We’re looking forward to playing against his team on Sunday.”
At NFL league meetings Oct. 18 in New York, Irsay said it made sense to remove Snyder as the owner.
Congress continues to scrutinize Snyder for the workplace culture created during his ownership. The NFL, led by attorney Mary Jo White, is also investigating Snyder for the second time, stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct. The initial investigation resulted in a $10 million fine against the organization.
There are investigations by attorneys general in Washington, DC and Virginia into financial irregularities at the organization, which the team has denied.
All of this has led to discussions about Snyder’s future as an owner.
“I just believe in today’s workplace, the standard that the shield represents in the NFL, you have to protect that,” Irsay said. “I just think that once the owners talk to each other, they will make the right decision. I believe that this is – unfortunately – the way we probably have to go. And we just have to finish the investigation. But I’m very concerned about what’s happened there over the last 20 years.”
At the meetings, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he told owners to wait until investigations were complete.
“We have to look at all the evidence and be thorough,” Irsay said. “But I think [removal as owner] is something that needs serious consideration. I think it’s in the best interest of the National Football League that we look this in the eye and deal with it.”
Owners can force a sale if at least 24 vote for such a move; Irsay said there might be support for such a vote.
The commanders released a statement later that day calling Irsay’s comments “inappropriate but not surprising”. They also noted their progress as an organization over the past two years.
Her statement concluded: “Mr. Irsay will conclude that there is no reason for the Snyders to consider selling the franchise. And they won’t.”
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34907517/no-recent-contact-dan-snyder-jim-irsay-source-says No recent contact between Dan Snyder, Jim Irsay, source says